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Summertime Funtime on the Sunshine Coast

The UK is enjoying its longest, hottest summer in years and I’m sure we’re all hoping it continues with the school summer holidays just around the corner.


There’s nothing better than getting out and about as a family or with friends to enjoy everything that the British seaside has to offer. In the first part of our summer holiday blog we look at some of the activities and events taking place in and around Eastbourne that will keep even the most active of youngsters happy!
summer at the Redoubt Fortress

Engage inquisitive little minds with a visit to the Redoubt Fortress. Let the kids loose with the new Augmented Reality app for picture puzzles and cannon shooting fun, or they can try on a Napoleonic officer’s uniform or a WW1 soldier's helmet to learn more about the 200 year history of the fortress.

There’s a weekend of time travel to be had on 28 and 29 July when the 79th Cameron Highlanders help bring history to life with their demonstrations of bayonet use, sword techniques and even some gruesome military surgery. There’s a packed schedule of things to do at the Redoubt during the holidays including a free trail and crafts plus the Tell Me a Story workshops which will let young imaginations run wild!

The Observatory Science Centre will be running workshops throughout the holidays which are a great way for children to have fun and learn at the same time. Plus there will be up to three daily performances of their summer show ‘Operation Earth’ and tours of the famous Telescope Domes, alongside interactive hands-on exhibits.
For those with creative little ones, the Towner Art Gallery, are inviting kids to come and make art on the beach this summer. On the first weekends in August and September, Towner will be taking over one of Eastbourne’s classic Beach Huts between the Wish Tower and the Lifeguard Station. Each month they will invite a different local artist to lead creative activities inspired by their current exhibition At Altitude.
Drusilla's Zoo Summer ClubThe family fun continues at Drusillas Park who will be running their amazing Zoo Summer Club. This offers behind-the-scenes access and the unique chance for children to learn about animals and conservation. The summer club will be running Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday week commencing 30 July and 6 August. Young adventurers who take part in the day will have the chance to hold and stroke animals, and have an hour to play each day as well. A different topic will be covered each day including: Rainforest and Monkeys, Amazing Animals & Maasai and lemurs.
Wave Runner at KnockhatchKnockhatch Adventure Park is a fantastic choice for families with a petting farm, owl sanctuary centre, several outdoor adventure playgrounds, a boating lake, and lots of picnic areas too. For adrenaline seekers why not try the Wave Runner waterslide which offers a heart pounding thrill as you speed down from the thirty two foot tower!
Circus Vegas

For a traditional family day out, take in The Vegas Circus at Princes Park. Merging Las Vegas traditions and contemporary styles with extreme stunts and classic clown escapades, audiences will be amazed by the jam-packed Circus Vegas with show-stopping performances that will have you on the edge of your seat.

For more family friendly ideas, take a look at our website which also lists some tempting offers and discounts to use in a range of local attractions and eateries to make your visit even better!


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